Learning Communities are small groups of students and faculty who together create a “community of learners.” A student in a learning community sees the same group of classmates for two or three courses, which are part of the student’s degree plan.
UNIV 1101 - Learning in Global Context I and UNIV 1102 - Learning in Global Context IIare freshman seminars designed to enhance the opportunity for success of first-year students. Most UNIV 1101/1102 sections are part of learning communities and first-year students are required to take these courses during their first year in college (Fall and Spring semesters).
Student Mentors are exceptional juniors, seniors or graduate-level students who are available to guide you through your first year and assist you as you adjust to college life. They meet with you individually for at least 30 minutes, weekly, as part of your freshman seminar courses.
Academic Advisors are professional staff members dedicated to student success. They focus on providing academic advising by assisting students plan and fulfill their college career. They additionally inform students on university policies and student resources while helping students develop essential decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Faculty Advisors are professors who teach a specific discipline and provide academic advising to students interested in pursuing that discipline. Their expertise and background makes them a great resource for students who want a deeper understanding of their program of study.
What is a “TSI Hold”?
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires students to be assessed in reading, writing and math skills prior to enrolling in college, and to be advised based on the results of that assessment. Students who don't pass one or more parts of the assessment have a “TSI Hold” placed on their record that prevents them from registering without first meeting with an Academic Advisor. This allows students and Academic Advisors to discuss a developmental education plan for the semester. TSI Holds can be waived or cleared for registration with an Academic Advisor located in USC 222.
Students who do not demonstrate beginning college-level proficiency in one foreign language as stated in the University Catalog, will have a Foreign Language Hold placed on their records. Students can discuss options to fulfill their foreign language requirement with an Academic Advisor in USC 222 but the hold must ultimately be cleared by the Office of the Registrar.